Water Minister David Littleproud and National Party leader Michael McCormack voted against giving more water to farmers on Tuesday (3-12-19) when they were behind closed doors in a party room meeting, as per the below video, but David Littleproud refused to confirm or deny it.
On the same day, David Littleproud gave farmers false hope by telling them he would do something about the mess that the Murray Darling Basin Plan has become and the water theft by huge irrigators.
One of the lowest acts anyone can ever do is giving people false hope and in this situation, it’s giving false hope to struggling farmers. Farmers are business people and they need to know exactly where they stand so they can make the right decisions and with the current drought situation, their decisions can easily mean life and death for their business.
So, for politicians like Water Minister David Littleproud and National Party leader Michael McCormack to treat the farmers like fools and give then false hope shows how callous and cold they are.
On Tuesday (3-12-19) it was reported that a deal had been struck, after a two-day protest, with Water Minister David Littleproud to investigate the problems and concerns of farmers and irrigators.
The ABC reported:
‘Can the Plan’ protesters that descended upon Canberra yesterday say they have “turned a corner” and secured a deal with Federal Water Minister David Littleproud.
Barooga irrigator and protest organiser Chris Brooks told a group of about 100 farmers outside Parliament House on Tuesday that Mr Littleproud had agreed to seek a review of state-based water-sharing arrangements.
The interstate water-sharing agreement has not changed substantially since the late 1980s.
Mr Brooks said a review would be completed by the end of March in an attempt to provide some certainty for irrigators, many who have had no access to water for two years.
According to Mr Brooks, Mr Littleproud also gave an undertaking to call on state water ministers to give the Murray-Darling Basin’s interim inspector-general Mick Keelty powers to investigate farmers’ concerns across basin jurisdictions.
“We have been given an independent investigator in Mick Keelty who is going to investigate our concerns,” Mr Brooks said.
The deal came after about 1,000 protesters travelled to Canberra calling scrap the Murray-Darling Basin Plan.
Following Monday’s rally, Darcy Hare from Southern Riverina Irrigators, together with Mr Brooks, met privately with Mr Littleproud, Mr Keelty, and Nationals MP Damian Drum.
“For us to be able to have this backflip, and this candid discussion with him behind closed doors, to come out and be batting on the same team I think is a huge undertaking from David [Littleproud] and I did not expect it,” Mr Hare said. (Click here to read more)
The problem is that while David Littleproud was giving the farmers hope and saying he would investigate the farmer’s problems he was at the same time secretly voting behind closed doors against plans by the other National Party MPs to give farmers more water.
The below video is was on Channel 9 on Tuesday (3-12-19) and says that two National Party MP’s took draft legislation to the party room which would have taken more water from the environment in times of dire drought. Obviously, the water would have been used for farmers. It was supported by every National Party MP except Water Minister David Littleproud and National Party leader Michael McCormack. When questioned about it David Littleproud refused to confirm or deny it.
Why the lies?
David Littleproud definitely has skin in the game whether directly or via friends and family. I published the article titled “Water Minister David Littleproud’s family linked to $20 million Murray-Darling Basin fraud yet he is still Water Minister” on the 28th of April 2019 about David Littleproud’s links to fraud and theft with water in the Murray Darling Basin. (Click here to read the article)
It’s an article that obviously struck a nerve because when Littleproud was on the ABC’s QandA program on the 28/10/19 he used his appearance to attack an unnamed person and Twitter and Facebook users, Littleproud complained about people accusing him of having links to his wife’s cousin’s $20 million water fraud and theft which was clearly in reference to myself and the article I published on the 28th of April which has gone viral with over 100,000 shares of Facebook alone. (Click here to read more)
David Littleproud has as much right to sue for defamation as anyone, which he hasn’t, but if you read the previous articles I have written about him he has no case. What he does have are many questions to answer in relation to his friends and family making millions of dollars from corruption in the Murray Darling Basin Plan.
National Party leader Michael McCormack also has plenty of questions he needs to answer. For example, why did he vote against more water for farmers on Tuesday?
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